Friday, July 5, 2013

4th of July- Family, Friends, and FOOD!

The 4th of July is a great day for several reasons.

1) We celebrate our country's independence from Great Britain.
2) It finally feels like summer is in full swing! Bring on the BBQ's, the beach, and fireworks!
3) The 4th of July is my mom's birthday :)

Therefore, given the aforementioned reasons, the 4th of July is most certainly a cause for great celebration. The way my family sees it, honoring such a wonderful day cannot be done without a fabulous spread of sweet treats!

Here's what I mean...

Me and my mom! Happy, happy birthday to YOU!

The full spread. Let me break it down for you... keep scrolling...

Blue sugar, white chocolate, fresh strawberries. Red, White, and Yum.

Smore's Cupcakes with caramel drizzle

A close-up, sans cupcake wrapper

Brownies, cupcakes with chocolate and coconut shavings, meringue cookies.
Fresh watermelon photo-bombing from the right.

The ingredients for my dessert contribution...

USA Parfait! I saw a similar dessert on Pinterest, and simplified it to make this!

This is what happens after you enjoy one (maybe two) of everything: Sugar coma.
Sweet, sweet sugar coma. Totally worth it :)

How did you celebrate Independence Day?!

Make it your own:
Dress: J. Crew Factory Store (sold out online, but similar options here)
Blue Stone bracelet: Ann Taylor (Similar, $34.99)
Gold bangles: On The Double Bangles, c/o mark by Avon (Loving this set, also!)
Sandals: LOFT, $29.50

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